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2012 USA Pro Challenge
 
By Heath Langle
Date: 8/17/2012
2012 USA Pro Challenge
 
Cycling glory is back up for grabs as the 2012 USA Pro Challenge departs from Durango, Colorado on August 20, 2012. Several top professionals, including six of the top-13 finishers from this year’s Tour de France, will be on hand for this seven-stage, 683-mile race ending in Colorado’s Capitol city of Denver.

Defending champ, Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) will be challenged by Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale), Cadel Evans (BMC), and reigning U.S. National Road Race Champion Timmy Duggan (Liquigas-Cannondale). The expected remainder of the field includes 123 additional riders and a total of 16 teams.

Tejay Van Garderen (BMC), who placed fifth in the 2012 Tour de France and third in the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, has to be a pre-race favorite, even above team-leader Evans, who had a less-than-stellar Tour de France. Watch for Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell) to not only be in the breakaway groups, but also contend for the lead.

Check back daily for results and updates on the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

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